Trainfest Ticket *Giveaway*

Many thanks to Trainfest® for sponsoring this giveaway to provide two lucky Lake Country Family Fun readers a free family 4-pack of tickets to Trainfest® this November.  Plus, one grand prize winner will win a family 4-pack of tickets PLUS a Marklin Trainset and Station; retail $119.   

Trainfest® is coming to the Wisconsin State Fair Park in Milwaukee November 10th and 11th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

What is Trainfest®?

Trainfest®, a 48 year old tradition, is America’s largest operating model railroad show. The annual two-day public event attracts train hobbyists and families who come to see and learn more about the hobby of model railroading. Visitors experience nearly 70 remarkable operating railroads from Z to G scale, over 100 manufacturers and hobby dealers, artists, photography displays, clinics, and on-site demonstrations. Trainfest® is sponsored by the Wisconsin Southeastern Division, Inc. of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA), a non-profit organization. Trainfest® is held annually on the second weekend of November. For more information, visit here.

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What is one thing that makes it so special?

Trainfest is the Only Place in North America to See This Many Running Model Railroads!

This is your opportunity to have fun, learn a bit, run trains, and admire what others have created. Trainfest: It’s why train enthusiasts from around the globe visit Milwaukee every November.

Tell me about the activities.

Kids: Besides the awesome layouts, kids fun includes Make-n-Take activities; the hands-on Betty Brinn Let’s Play Railway (courtesy of Walthers Trains) a short a train ride by the Milwaukee Light Engineering Society, LEGO Play Area, coloring pages and more. In addition, attendees ages 5 and up can control the trains at Trainfest® 2019 on nearly 80 percent of the beautifully crafted, operating layouts. Look for the signs at Trainfest® to find participating layouts. Pro tip: Bring a collapsible kids stool to the event.  We picked ours up at ALDI last year and it helps the little ones see better.

Due to the popularity of the Make-n-Take, online sign up is encouraged. Slots for those 4-8 and those 9+ are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities include a Faller’s Home Town Model to color for just $2 and a Walthers Two-Story House to build for $6.

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Fans of all ages: This year there are dozens of new complex running model railroads, amazingly detailed train displays, hobby manufacturers, vendors, historical societies, clinics and demonstrations. In total there’s four football fields worth of booths for train fans to visit.

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What’s New This Year?

Trainfest Builders Launches in 2019! Thanks to Wm. K. Walthers Inc., traditional train layouts will receive a brand new perspective when children ages 5-14, display their personal creative train layouts in the new “Trainfest Builders” Kids Layout Section at Trainfest 2019. All children ages 5-14 are invited to participate at no cost, but most register in advance and be available the whole weekend with an adult. This new designated Kids Layout Section in the Kids’ Zone of Trainfest will feature layouts built by kids ages 5-14. Varying levels of skill and detail are encouraged.

Young modelers can bring their trains and set it up creating an imaginative display with their toys and items made from household items. Older kids will apply their STEAM learnings by creating a model railroad module that links to other modules.

Registration for this program is only open until October 1st!

Tell me about the special celebrations.

Celebrate-a-Railroad: The Great Northern Railway

Back for its fifth year is Trainfest® Celebrate-a-Railroad historical display, this year featuring the CB&Q railroad. The Burlington Route Historical Society has been hard at work this year combing their archives for display materials on the CB&Q. While at Trainfest®, watch for exhibits featuring the CB&Q. Everyone gets into the act. Operating railroads run CB&Q engines and stock cars.  Manufacturers and hobby shops offer special CB&Q merchandise. Be sure to visit the Trainfest® store for our limited edition Celebrate-a-Railroads cars and collectibles.

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Tell me about ticket prices.

Discounted advanced tickets are available now through 11:59 p.m. Nov. 8 here and at local hobby shops.

Adults (13 and up)
One day admission – $12 advance; $16 at the door
Two day admission – $17 advance; N/A at the door

Kids (4-12)
One day admission – $4 advance; $6 at the door
Two day admission – $6 advance; N/A at the door

Kids (0-3)

NMRA Members
One day admission – $10 advance; N/A at the door
Two day admission – $15 advance; N/A at the door

Special Admission
Military/Veterans with ID, Scout Leaders in Uniform – $8.50 only at door
Children (3 & under) – FREE (no ticket needed; must be accompanied by an adult)

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Giveaway Time: Win a free family 4-pack of tickets to Trainfest and a Starter Train Set!!

Three lucky Lake Country Family Fun readers will receive a family 4-pack of tickets to Trainfest®! And one will also receive the grand prize of a Marklin Trainset and Station; retail $119.

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To Enter:

Simply enter your name and valid email address in the form below and comment on this Facebook post with a friend’s name whose kiddo loves trains!! *We will contact the winner via the email submitted.

Only one entry per person. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Giveaway starts on October 2nd and ends October 23rd, 2019 at 11:59 pm (CST).


2018 winner!

Other: Entrants must be 18 years or older at the time of entering the giveaway. Entrants must be located in the U.S. The winner will be selected at random and notified via the email that was submitted. Winner must respond within 48 hours to claim their prize, or another winner will be chosen. Only one entry person. Duplicates will be deleted.

Disclosure: Many thanks to Trainfest® for providing the giveaway. See disclosure and privacy policy here.  The winner may be congratulated on Facebook (with the official prize notification going through email). For giveaways that are announced or promoted on Facebook, please note that these promotions are in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

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